Today I spent a few hours of my day at my very last choir rehearsal with Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir. It was bittersweet, but it’s not over yet. We’re having our premier concert this Sunday the 18th at 7:30pm in the University Auditorium, and I’ll be singing and drumming.
One of the songs we sing is called “Umqombothi” — which is a local variety of home-brewed beer found in southern Africa. It is originally a pop song from 1988 (the year I was born!), but the version we sing in the choir was arranged specially to be sung by choirs.
Check out the original song by Yvonne Chaka Chaka, and take note of the ‘click’ between the ‘Um’ and ‘qom.’ It took the choir a while to master the click between syllables, but we did it! The language spoken in the song is Xhosa, which borrows about 15% of its vocabulary from the Khoisan languages (which are the source of the clicks).
UMQOMBOTHI is African beer. (or bia, as they say).